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Kumeu River, Maté’s Vineyard, Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland – 2014

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2014 was a spectacular vintage and the Kumeu River Chardonnays across the board are ripe, floral and delicious. This vintage sees the continuation of the “Maté’s” style of Chardonnay. Defined by the superior vineyard site, it exhibits its own nuances and shades of aroma and flavor.

Mate’s Vineyard is always set apart from the other Kumeu River Chardonnays with its lifted sweet fruit aroma that is akin to pears. On the palate we see the extra concentration, and length of flavour but the wine still seems refined and taut. Certainly a wine that will benefit from bottle age of 4-10 years.

 

"Quite toasty nose with some hazelnuts and earthy funk, this is a powerful and impressively structured chardonnay that's anything but charming. Bold mineral finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (10/2018)

95 points James Suckling